kristin cooks
kristin cooks

Budget meal ideas

I am part of a facebook group called ‘What Broke Vegans Eat’ and people are always asking for budget meal ideas, so I wanted to share a list of some of my favorites. Prices are approximate (and I live in Los Angeles so probably cheaper elsewhere, ha).

  1. Gluten-free brown rice and quinoa rotini pasta. Organic tomato-basil marinara. 1 package of fresh organic spinach. 1 bag of frozen organic peas. 1/4 cup nutritional yeast. (8 servings, $0.80/serving)

  2. Two pieces of gluten-free toast. 2 Tbsp hummus. 10 cherry tomatoes, halved. A drizzle of olive oil. (1 serving, $2/serving)

  3. 1/2 cup bulk bin organic oatmeal with 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries, 1 Tbsp chia seeds and a splash of maple syrup. (1 serving, $1/serving)

  4. A roasted sweet potato

  5. Stir-fried vegetables such as broccoli, kale, bell peppers, frozen peas, frozen green beans and more, sauteed in a little coconut oil, coconut aminos from Trader Joe’s, nutritional yeast and raw cashew pieces from Trader Joe’s. Serve with steamed rice or quinoa from the bulk bin. (Price varies but it can be made for cheap! When I make this, it’s about $2/serving).

  6. Brown rice pasta cooked and drained. Steam 1 head of broccoli and 1 bunch of kale with the stems removed, water drained. Add pasta and vegetables to a wok and stir-fry at a low temperature with a little olive oil, garlic powder, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, salt and pepper for a few minutes. (8 servings, $0.87/serving)

  7. Make soup! I start by sauteing a little coconut oil or vegetable broth with yellow onion and minced garlic. Add vegetable broth and your favorite vegetables: potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, chopped green beans and more. Feel free to add come cooked beans (I love green lentils personally) or quinoa to add some protein and throw in spices like turmeric or curry powder.